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I confess...I bought a bike product at Target last night...(13 posts)

I confess...I bought a bike product at Target last night...biknben
Dec 9, 2003 1:07 PM
I've been melting brake pads on my commuter using shimano and Kool-stop pads (v-brakes). On top of that, they squeel like pigs no matter what I do. On my way home from work last night I stopped at a LBS. I bought a set of brake pads (v-brake inserts) for $10. That's what I expected to pay and thought nothing of it.

Later, I was sent to Target by my wife to buy a vacuum. For whatever reason, I ended up in the bike dept. I came across a set of v-brake brake blocks (pad and hardware) for
b $1.99.
Since I had just paid 5 times as much for just the inserts at the LBS, I felt compelled to purchase them and see what difference I would find. I figure they can't be any worse that what I've been using and cost far less. We'll see.

I noticed a couple other items that I've never seen at an LBS. I thought it was interesting. Anyone else willing to admit they brouse the bike dept. at a discount store?
I always look and I've bought a couple of thingsDave Hickey
Dec 9, 2003 1:19 PM
I've bought some tubes for my sons BMX bike. A couple of years ago, Greg Lemond on a bunch of products sold at Target. I bought some jerseys on closeout for $15/ea
I'll confess...innergel
Dec 9, 2003 1:21 PM
I bought a Lemond jersey at Target for $12. It's not very good when you are on the road because it's too baggy and the "moisture wicking" fabric doesn't work too well, but it works OK for mtb situations when it's cool outside.

I always look through any bike section at any store I go to with one, but that is the only purchase I have ever made. My thought is that most of the stuff would be fine for a casual rider or someone who just rolls around the neighborhood every now and then.
I've seen Park multi-tools at "Toys-R-Us"PmbH
Dec 9, 2003 1:27 PM
I was in there shopping for Lego for my nephew for Christmas when I looked at the bike aisle for laughs... Saw real Park tools (just a multi-tool though) right there on the shelf alongside bike horns, screw-on axle pegs, and thick saddle pads.
Worse - Walmartbimini
Dec 9, 2003 1:42 PM
I bought some water bottles at Walmart for a buck each. I even bought a floor pump for $3 in the red tag area. It actually works fairly good. I can get my Vreds up to 145 psi with it and it has a nice gauge on it.

I'm cheap and proud of it. I always thought it would be a good project to buy a cheap Huffy road bike, put a good set of wheels on it and a good drive train and race it. Can you imagine yourself on a $7000 bike and being passed by a Huffy. Oh the shame!
Slime at WalMart for $1.99 - 8 bucks at LBS - no contest!BowWow
Dec 9, 2003 1:58 PM
I've also bought water bottles, tubes for kids bikes, jerseys, my first MTB computer, chrochet-back half-finger gloves, mini-pump for MTB, patch kit refills, gatorade powder, ibuprofin, etc. etc. etc...

Cheap bugger, ain't I!
Slime ain't even worth that!!! (nm)Alexx
Dec 9, 2003 2:24 PM
...for the MTB... works great! nmBowWow
Dec 9, 2003 2:46 PM
I'm running Target's green tireflies & red bar end blinkies andshawndoggy
Dec 9, 2003 2:19 PM
their red rear 4 led schwinn blinkie. Total outlay under $20. Ability to cause epileptic seizures with nighttime riding buddies, priceless.
I bought cheap rear LED and cheap bar light at Longs Drugstoreteamsloppy
Dec 9, 2003 10:49 PM
All stores should be required to carry minimal commuter bike gear: tubes, CO2 cartridges, pumps, rear LEDS, front lights and batteries (AA and AAA). For you republicans: it reduces our dependence on Arab terrorist oil.

Commuting to work is a combination of a camping trip and the movie 'GroundHog Day'. Planning and the same thing over and over: one day seems like another.

In Fall and Winter, I should commute with pockets full of batteries and lights for the commute home in the dark. More than once I have ridden to work without carrying any lights for the evening commute home. At 7 pm, 2 hours past dark I realize I was lightless. It's scary to ride 15 miles with no lights in the dark. But, there's a Longs Drugstore down the street from the office. It's $7.98 for a cheap light set and $1.99 for batteries. The alternative was a bus at $1.00 plus $2.35 for the train (BART), the bus would scratch my bike on the front of the bus and I'd have to walk 4 miles from BART (the train) to home in bike shoes.

There is no shame in buying Wal-Mart, Kmart, Longs, Safeway or other mass merchandiser's bike parts. It should be encouraged and mandated by law that all stores carry bike parts. It's better than boys and girls dying in the dark commuting on a road in America or dying in Arab lands for Halliburton or Bechtel oil and gasoline revunue.
speaking of supermarkets.. the best bike section I sawcyclopathic
Dec 10, 2003 8:46 AM
was in Carrefour, they were even carring cheap tubulars.
Best $22 I ever spend on cycling gear was at TargetStraightblock
Dec 10, 2003 9:06 AM
I found a cheap Trail-A-Bike clone on clearance for $22. Attached to the back of my SS MTB, it's perfect for my younger son who has had some minor development delays and still has trouble soloing on a two-wheeler. He's even said he wants to keep it for when he has his own kids.
I can top everyoneBonked
Dec 10, 2003 11:00 AM
My saddle bag kept slipping down in the front where it would cause my shorts to chafe. I figured what I needed was a strap to hold up the front end of the bag, so I now have on my pricy, Italian rig a $2.99 dog collar from PetsMart! Whatever works...